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Button trouble A couple of the ICS (? - the climate control/radio etc) buttons don't work on my 166. Has anyone had any experience how to fix them?

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With regards to the updated software: did you try contacting the producers of the ICS system>?

this is Siemens VDO unit bought off in 2007 their new site is www.vdo.com but I hope you have more luck contacting them than I had.

Good Luck

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Haven't had that problem but I have lost access to the Traffic reports from my radio on a couple of occasions. In both cases, disconnecting the battery and re-initialising the system cured the problem - perhaps it resets the software.If the aircon switches have failed, you will probably need a new unit but it may be a software error!?! As an aside, does anyone know if Alfa have updated the software at any time and whether the existing system can be updated?

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VISUAL INSPECTION CHART
Mechanical Electrical
  • Integrated control panel with or without tape player physically damaged, misaligned, any controls inoperative.
  • Digital audio compact disc player physically damaged, misaligned, any controls inoperative.
  • Radio antenna lead in cable, electric antenna or bodyphysically damaged or misaligned connections.
  • Radio speaker mounting/speaker cones physically damaged, misaligned.
  • Radio ignition interference capacitor or radio frequency interference suppression bond misaligned, unclean and no metal-to-metal contact.
  • Mobile telephone transceiver; mobile telephone handset, mobile telephone microphone, mobile telephone transceiver holder cradle physically damaged, misaligned.
  • Open fuses: fuse junction panel fuses 8 (5A), 12 (5A), 20 (5A), 22 (5A), 24 (5A) or power distribution box fuse 17 (20A).
  • Open connectors.
  • Corroded connectors.


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Section 15-00: Audio Systems—Service 1999 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual DIAGNOSIS AND TESTING Inspection and Verification NOTE: Many customers do not understand the limitations of FM reception. Refer the customer to the Owner Guide for information about the limitations of FM radio performance.

Internal diagnostic examination of the integrated control panel, rear chassis unit and audio compact disc player should be left to the authorized radio service center. However, the automotive technician should be able to analyze and isolate radio reception conditions to the proper area or component causing the condition. All radio conditions can be isolated to one of six general areas:
  • antenna system
  • integrated control unit
  • radio speaker system
  • radio noise suppression equipment
  • rear chassis unit
  • audio communications protocol network
Retrieving Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
Using Audio System On-Board Diagnostics
The audio system has on-board diagnostic capabilities and is equipped to check for every component available in the system even if this specific vehicle is not equipped with all components. A Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) will be set for the missing components. These DTCs can be ignored if the vehicle is not equipped with these components. The battery must be fully charged for proper audio system operation. The ignition switch must be in the RUN or ACC position. Turn the system on, tune in a strong AM station and verify good reception. After an AM station is checked, tune in a strong FM station. The system is now ready to enter the diagnostic mode. Diagnostic Mode:
NOTE: Battery must be fully charged for proper audio system operation and self-test.

Enter Diagnostics mode by pressing SEEK DOWN button first and then pre-set button 3. Hold both buttons for five seconds. This will suspend all normal radio functions, retain the previously selected frequency and display DIAG.
  1. NOTE: To perform diagnostics, press the appropriate buttons as instructed.

    SYSTEM CONFIGURATION SELF-TEST:
    Press pre-set button 1. This will check for connection of all possible devices and log the diagnostic trouble codes for any device that does not respond. The display will flash SELF while gathering the diagnostic trouble codes, then stop flashing when complete. To exit System Configuration Self-test, press pre-set button 1 again. To retrieve diagnostic trouble codes, press the TUNE UP button. This will display the diagnostic trouble codes if any exist. Continued pressing of the TUNE UP button will display the next diagnostic trouble code. Record codes and refer to the following table. To exit the Retrieval Mode, press pre-set button 1.


    CONFIGURATION SELF-TEST CODES Code Description 0 No diagnostic trouble codes logged 1 No response from rear chassis unit 2 No response from tape deck 3 No response from bezel microprocessor 4 No response from compact disc player 5 No response from steering wheel controls 6 No response from rear seat control 7 No response from remote climate control 8 No response from navigation module 9 Read Only Memory verification failed
    Remember, system configuration will test for all possible equipment connections. Inspect the vehicle to determine actual equipment installed.
  1. Integrated control panel display test:
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    Item Part Number Description 1 — Product Type Code 2 — Product Variant Code 3 — Software Version Level 4 — Software Version Release 5 — Software Version Patch

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